Date: Fri 12/08/2022 - Sat 13/08/2022
Provider: Cornea and Contact Lens Society
Optometrist Credits: 0.5 Gen
Event Type(s): Conference
This talk will cover the aims of a prospective study assessing the current practice and referral patterns of optometrists regarding patients with keratoconus via an optometrist survey. We will discuss the results of a similar Australian study (1) and how we will apply this to New Zealand. The ultimate purpose of this study is to evaluate the complexities of managing patients with keratoconus and provide a better understanding of the diagnostic and referral patterns of optometrists. This valuable information can be used to optimise patient referral and secondary care pathways and allow for better training and education of optometry students and improve co‐management opportunities. This survey will represent the first investigation of the management of keratoconus at the primary eye‐care level in Aotearoa. Reference: (1) Hodge C, Chan C, Zantos S, Kokkinakis J, Stapleton F, Sutton G. Therapeutic treatment of keratoconus: a survey of local optometric practice criteria. Clin Exp Optom. 2015; 98: 312-8.
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